Request for Proposals - Community Essentials

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United we can help every person thrive.

United Way has issued a Request for Proposals for Community Essentials programming. A pool of $600,000 in grant funds is available. Local programs working to improve Community Essentials, as defined below, are invited to apply.

  • United Way grants support the best approaches and strategies to achieve the goal and solve our community's toughest problems.
  • This is a competitive grant process. Not all applicants may receive a grant.
  • Our review panel is looking for strong alignment with United Way’s community essentials definition and ability to report on the Output Metrics. We also look for evidence-based approaches, strategic partnerships, commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion, program sustainability, and effectiveness.
  • Anticipated grant award range is $10,000 - $50,000

Community Essentials Definition

Community Essentials funding from United Way of Champaign County targets services that are designed to meet physical needs (such as food and water, safety, shelter, and healthcare) as well as help navigating and accessing complex human service systems (identification and documentation, technology, and resource navigation).

Output Metrics

Each applicant is required to measure a minimum of one output metric. Please click here to view the metrics.

Adding outputs beyond the minimum will create a more substantial application.

RFP Information Sessions

All interested organizations are invited to attend one of our Information Sessions held on March 22. Please register below.

March 22, 2022

Grant Application Portal

The RFP application is now open. Click here to access the portal.

Important Dates

March 18, 2022 - Request for Proposals issued. Grant Portal Opens for applicants.

April 18, 2022 - Grant Portal Closes. Deadline is firm, no extensions will be offered.

April 19 - May 12 - Grant Review conducted by United Way Community Solutions Team, Community Impact Committee, and Board of Directors.

May 27, 2022 - Notification of application status. One year contracts awarded to selected applicants.

July 1, 2022 - Grant funds disbursed.

Ongoing reporting will be required.


For technical questions regarding the Application Portal, contact:

Carolyn Butterfield
Manager, Community Impact Data & Operations
Note: Carolyn is in the office from 8:30am - 1pm daily.

For all other questions, contact:

Javaite Burton
Director of Community Impact